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Edna’s Relationships in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening

The society of Grand Isle places many expectations on its women to belong to men and be subordinate to their children. Edna Pontellier’s society, therefore, abounds with “mother-women,” who “idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it to a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals”.  The characters of Adele Ratignolle and Mademoiselle Reisz…